Lipsense vs. Younique: The Great Lip Stains Battle

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Today we’re talking about the popularity of lip stains, and then we’ll get on to the battle of the brands: Lipsense vs Younique.

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Lip products have been a part of many women’s daily routine since the dawn of time. While both ingredients and accessibility have changed throughout the years (millenia, even), one thing remains – women love applying color to their lips.

Some do it because it makes them feel more attractive. Others do it to go with the norms of society. Whatever the case, the right amount of lip product can help make you shine.

There is a whole science about considering the right lip color with many factors (such as your dress combination, the current atmosphere, the event you’re going to), but that discussion’s for another day.

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But before that, let’s backtrack. Lip stains…what are these?

If you haven’t heard about lip stains, you’re missing out. These days, large cosmetic brands are doing their best to pick up on the trend.

If you’re familiar with lip products, you’d know that lipsticks are made of waxes and oils, usually containing natural pigments and other compounds that keep the product moist and pigmented. This is where the first difference lies, as lip stains don’t include a wax base.

On the contrary, lip stains are particular in that they have a water/gel core that sometimes features traces of mineral or plant oil. On top of all that, in contrast to lipstick pigments, stains include synthetic dyes that provide you with long-lasting results (18 hours and above).

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There are many benefits to using a lip stain. You will not have to reapply it every few hours, which makes it a low-maintenance product, even after you eat or drink. It also colors your lips more “naturally”, as it dyes your lips more than sit on top like lipsticks do. However, there is one clear disadvantage, and that is that stains tend to dry the lips. Thus, it is not the ideal choice during the winter season. 

Lip stains also don’t come in the array of colors that lipsticks do, as the most common are pink and red. Additionally, if you want to get the best results, you will need to put on some lip balm as the first layer, ensuring proper application as the alcohol in a lip stain absorbs and dries really quickly. 

While lipsticks have been around for a long time now, lip stains are becoming more popular with each year.

In this post, let’s compare two popular lip stains on the market: Lipsense vs Younique. This battle between these two products has actually been going on for some time now, and it’s interesting to find out why.

Get ready to rumble!

Battle of Lip Stains: Lipsense vs. Younique

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For a while now, two companies have shared a battle – the SeneGence Lipsense brand and the Younique brand. While both offer an array of great products, the question still remains — which one is better? Before we get into the ingredients and traits of these two products, let’s answer a few questions. 

A Common Question: Are They Vegan?

We can tell you that both are, as neither of the two companies test their products on animals or uses animal-related compounds.

A Brief Overview of Both Companies

SeneGence was founded back in 2001 as a cosmetics brand that has slowly made its way to the international market. Their sales are over a couple hundred million dollars and they stand as one of the best brands when it comes to skin care and anti-aging products.

On the other side lies Younique, founded back in 2012 and standing on principles of living, loving, and sharing.


LipSense Trio (Carmel Apple) Lip Color, Glossy Gloss and Ooops Remover Set

As the SeneGence company claims, the Lipsense lip stains are completely vegan and hypoallergenic, featuring no animal testing or animal byproducts. They suggest that this product is the best on the market, and made only in the US according to their quality control standards.

While that is what the company says, let’s see what the general consensus about the product is.

Looking at the ingredients the main ones are glucose, glycol, parabens, silica, disodium EDTA, and parfum. While these compounds are animal-friendly, most are not the best for your lips, taking into consideration that alcohol and parabens are known to cause drying.

On the other hand, if you are looking to use these for events and you need that long-lasting effect, these are inevitable.

What’s great about Lipsense is that it comes with an array of colors and shades, so you can create your own palette and unique look.

LipSense Liquid Lip Color, Luv It, 0.25 fl oz / 7.4 ml

The packaging is quite elegant and is quite the perfect addition to your cosmetics collection. If we were to claim a verdict on the Lipsense product, we would say that it is great for occasional use, but certainly not something that you want on your lips on a daily basis.


  • Affordable
  • Long-lasting
  • Diverse colors, shades
  • Attractive packaging


  • Parabens
  • Not for daily use (dries lips)
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Younique Stiff Upper Lip Stain Savvy

The fact that Younique is somewhat younger than the Lipsense product doesn’t mean anything. As the company claims, this is the best long-lasting lip stain on the market, avoiding all the negative effects that may occur from chemicals and compounds featured in Lipsense.

It is quite interesting to notice that this product doesn’t include alcohol as one of the main ingredients, nor parabens, which is certainly a plus. It has a water base and features glycerin as the second compound. 

While the Younique lip stain may not have as many vivid shades as the aforementioned one does, it still offers a good palette with which you can play around. Shy, sappy, skittish, saucy, sultry, sleek and savvy – all look great on lips, and with an easy application process, you can ensure that these will stay on for the whole day without smearing or reapplying.

Younique Stiff Upper Lip Stain Savvy


  • Easy application
  • No alcohol, parabens
  • Attractive shades


  • Packaging not as attractive<
  • Lacking more shades
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Final Verdict

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The final verdict when it comes to the Lipsense vs Younique battle is not an easy one. However, we have to say that the results are pretty clear.

If you’re looking to achieve the best possible effect and amaze everyone with vivid lip color, go for Lipsense.

If you’re looking for a milder effect, but want to use the product on a daily basis without risk of drying your lips, Younique is the way to go.

Whichever you decide to go for, no one can deny that these two are of great value.

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  1. Lip Stains from Younique are the only thing I’ve used on my lips for 5 years! Now, they don’t even offer them anymore! So so sad..I’m trying to find an alternative, so I guess I’ll try Lipsense. Thank you!

  2. That’s great! Please feel free to share with us and our readers any article on Lipsense’s move to paraben.-free products!

    And thanks for the exfoliation tip, Lori!

  3. Lipsense is phasing Parabens out of their products. Many formulations are already Parabens free!
    I have found the drying not to be a problem if you exfoliate and moisturize your lips regularly.

  4. As a breast cancer Survivor, it’s essential that I use products that are paraben free. Parabens are carcinogens. They enter your bloodstream 26 seconds after application. So for me & my health, I’ll be sticking with the Younique brand! Thanks for the article!

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